End-of-year honors for Red Storm
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Following the Red Storm men’s soccer team’s most successful season in more than a decade, David Masur and Tani Oluwaseyi were recognized by Front Row Soccer for their accomplishments.

Masur was named the College Coach of the Year while Oluwaseyi was tabbed as the Men’s College Player of the Year.

Masur earned recognition as the top sideline leader in the metropolitan area after leading the Red Storm to the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in his 29 years at the helm of the St. John’s men’s soccer program.

The Red Storm, who ranked as high as number four in the United Soccer Coaches poll during the season, received the sixteenth-national seed, marking the ninth time in Masur’s tenure that the Johnnies were seeded for NCAA Tournament play.

St. John’s, which had not qualified for the national postseason since 2013, topped former Big East rival Syracuse, 2-1, in the NCAA Second Round at Belson Stadium before falling to eventual national runner-up Virginia in the round of 16.

The Red Storm finished the season with a record of 14-5-1, the team’s highest win total since the 2011 Big East Champions went 14-7-2.

All five of the Johnnies’ losses came to teams that advanced to at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament with four of those coming against foes that reached the round of 16 and two coming against the teams that played in the NCAA title game.

A Big East All-Freshman selection in 2018, Oluwaseyi exploded onto the national scene during his sophomore campaign in red and white, scoring 11 goals and dishing out five assists in 20 games.

He became the first St. John’s student-athlete since Medufia Kulego during the national title season of 1996 to be named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year.

He also earned unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team and found a spot on the United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team.

Oluwaseyi’s 11 goals were the most by a St. John’s player during a single season in more than 15 years, as he became the first Johnnie to reach double-digit goals since Simone Salinno scored 14 during the national runner-up campaign of 2003.

Oluwaseyi finished 27th nationally in total goals while his 27 points were good enough for 30th best in Division I. Five of his 11 goals proved to be game-winners, a number that ranked 16th in the nation.
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